A beauty queen, actress and socialite from the Golden Era of Hollywood glamour, Zsa Zsa Gabor had a colorful life.
Hungarian-born Zsa Zsa caught attention of the Hollywood movie industry with her beauty but remained in the limelight thanks to her savvy as well as fiery temperament, sense of humor and somewhat scandalous love life.
Even though she never became a major movie star, she’s done very well for herself by fanning the flame of her celebrity. She became the first to turn celebrity into a profitable career. Glamorous and flaunting the benefits of good fortune, Gabor was a goldmine for gossip columnists.
Surrounded by the rich and famous, she married nine times. Suffice to say, she married well. (Zsa Zsa was known for keeping jewelry and real estate after her divorces.)
Her fiery temperament got her into trouble more than once. The best known case involved her slapping a Beverly Hills cop. (She ended up paying a hefty fine, serving a few days in jail and doing community service.)
Her trademark was her accent and calling everyone “darling”.
Having had nine husbands, she knew men well and made fun of them and herself. Some of her best known sayings are:
“To a smart girl men are no problem – they’re the answer.”
“I believe in large families: every woman should have at least three husbands.”
“You never really know a man until you have divorced him.”
The final years of the vivacious Zsa Zsa Gabor stood in stark contrast to her very active life. Following a 2002 car accident which left her partially paralyzed, she suffered numerous health setbacks which included a stroke in 2005 and a 2012 leg amputation. Zsa Zsa’s been bedridden in the last years of life. She’s died on December 18th 2016 at 99. But she has lived to the fullest, was the star of her life and a media darling for 80 of her 99 years. The pioneer of celebrity as a career has died. She will be remembered.